During the Nintendo Direct on September 13th, there were a variety of huge announcements for the Nintendo Switch including Luigi’s Mansion 3, a new Animal Crossing slatted for 2019. Included in the Direct was information about their upcoming online service that will be launching on September 18th with features such as cloud storage and online multiplayer. Another feature of the platform is that it will be launching with 20 Nintendo Entertainment System games including fan favorites such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Donkey Kong. This library is set to expand over the length of the service, and for such a reason Nintendo announced wireless NES controllers to be used for these games! This isn’t the first controller that they have shown of recently, not too long again they announced a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate controller!
The controller’s features include rechargeable batteries that can be charged by sliding them onto the Nintendo Switch system, and two controllers will come included in the box at $59.99. The controllers will begin shipping in mid-December of this year and as a whole sounds like a pretty great deal.
However, there is one catch. These controllers can only be purchased if you are a member of the Nintendo Switch online service and Nintendo is only allowing the purchase of one per Nintendo account regardless if it is an individual or family membership. While most people that would purchase these controllers are most likely to already be a member of the service, it is still an interesting decision on Nintendo’s side.
Neither of the plans will bankrupt you, an individual plan is $19.99 for one year, while a family plan that can have up to 8 different Nintendo Accounts on it will go for $34.99 for 12 months. However, this could discourage people from signing up for a family plan if you are only able to purchase one set of controllers for up to 8 different Switches. Nintendo has been known for being rather limiting about the number of consoles and accessories that they release, especially with the NES and SNES mini consoles.
You can find all the information about the Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers on Nintendo’s official page.
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